Insurance Fraud

On Monday night, we went to the Opera House for a cocktail reception and operatic concert hosted by Sigal, Albania’s largest insurance company, in honor of its 10-year anniversary. The guest list included diplomats and business leaders; in fact, we got the Ambassador’s tickets, and so were seated in the “executive loggia”, which I have to assume was where Enver Hoxha and his ministers sat during Communist times. This was not a little strange. For the first half hour after we were seated, we were treated to speeches and videos celebrating Sigal’s history and accomplishments. Certainly, they had the right…

Back from Florida

The title being as it is because I was in Florida during the last week of January for a photography course at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. I attended about 20 seminars, workshops and photo shoots led by leading photographers and photo editors, learning everything from the (very) basics of the photojournalism business to lighting techniques to Photoshop. It was fascinating and exhausting, and I learned how much I have to learn. Just the nuts and bolts of digital printing left my mind boggled. The photos below are some of the pictures I took during the first photo shoot on…